The Think B4U Post Program is a comprehensive 5 subject internet safety initiative designed to inspire students to be Digital Citizens who practice safe and respectful online communications. The program can be used anytime, but is a natural fit during Digital Citizen Week, the 3rd week in October. Although originally designed as a week-long initiative, Think B4U Post’s effectiveness can be increased if it is expanded to a month-long or year-long effort.

Each of the 5 Think B4U Post subject areas focus on a different aspect of technological communication and responsibility. Each has a slogan with 1) supporting posters and marketing materials, 2) a morning announcement script and public service announcement (PSA) videos and 3) three classroom lessons with videos, discussion questions, homework, parent take home messages, student support pamphlets, and booster lessons.

All Think B4U Post components are available in the Diversity, Prevention & Intervention (DPI) Resources SharePoint for BCPS employees.

Think B4U Post 5 Subject Areas

The 5 subject areas are:

#1 “Your Post Can Haunt Your Future”: This topic area focuses on how what you post today can affect your future, such as with potential colleges and/or employers.
#2 “If You Don’t Want Everyone To See, Don’t Let Anyone See It”: This topic area teaches thoughtless online behavior and posts have the potential to cause pain and embarrassment, such as with sexting.
#3 “Don’t Be Over-Exposed Online”: This topic area teaches the importance of maintaining privacy online to remain safe from online dangers such as sexual predators, hackers attempting phishing/identity theft, as well as internet trolls.
#4 “Your Post May Be Used Against You” and “What Effects Are Your Posts Having?”: This topic area teaches about the potential consequences for inappropriate online behavior both at school (inciting a disturbance) and criminally (piracy, plagiarism, fraud).
#5 “If You Wouldn’t Say It To Someone’s Face, Don’t Say It Online”: This topic area teaches the damage caused by cyberbullying and online harassment, while focusing on stopping it through bystander activation.

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Parent Resouces

Technology is a wonderful tool and offers a wealth of learning opportunities for our children, but if misused, poses as many risks as benefits. Parents play a vital role in ensuring ensuring their children learn how to navigate the digital world safely and responsibly. Below are some tools and websites with resources to help parents talk with thier children about responsible digital citizenship and the potential dangers online.

The Anti-Defamation League

B4UClick: B4UClick aims to create a way to educate, communicate, and provide a method of reporting online abuse to children and adolescents.

BystanderRevolution

Chatting with Kids About Being Online, resource is from NetCetera and comes in multiple languages and with a Heads Up Booklet student guide as well.

Choose Peace, Stop Violence

Common Sense Media – Provides numerous Family Tip Sheets for parents as well as lessons on online safety, cyber citizenship, and cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Research Center: Provides numerous resources for both parents and students as well as the latest research on internet safety. Top 10 Tips Parents Cyberbullying Response

Cyberbullying, the Complete Resource Guide

Cybercrimes National Crime Prevention Council

Cyber Tip Line

iKeepSafe.org Teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school.

InCtrl

i-SAFE, Internet Safety Awareness and Education

Media Smarts

MTV, A Thin Line:

NetCetera: The Net Cetera online toolkit offers free resources for teachers, parents and students which teach online safety. Resources include presentations to parents or teachers, student videos for the classroom, and free booklets for distribution.

NetSmartz 411 Parents’ and guardians’ premier, online resource for answering questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Web

SafeFlorida.net, a Florida website dedicated to fighting Cybercrime and supporting Cyber Safety.

Sextortion: If you believe you’re a victim of sextortion or know someone else who is, call your local FBI office or toll-free at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Sexual Predators Search

Stop Bullying Now!

Web Wise Kids: Web Wise Kids (WWK) is a national nonprofit organization that specializes in interactive computerized games on internet safety topics.

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BCPS Social Media Use Guidelines
As per Policy 5306, Broward County Public Schools adheres to the belief that technology should play a vital role in meeting the needs of the broad range of abilities, disabilities, cultural backgrounds and ethnic populations represented in Broward District schools. To assure that technology shall a predominant role while being used in a safe and appropriate manner, BCPS has developed the Social Media Use Guidelines to provide direction for employees, students and the school district community when participating in online social media activities.